Work Life Meets Parenting Life

Parenting is work. No matter how much we love it, it is still work.

Cherylyn Feierabend,
August 2, 2008
Episode #076

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Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting.

Parenting is work. I bet any parent listening to this show is nodding in agreement. I love being a parent. It’s one of the things I always wanted to be when I grew up. So, I’m all grown up now, or so they tell me, and I have my dream job. I’m a mommy. I also have a part-time non-mommy job and a small company of my own. I keep busy. But, enough about me, I want to talk about you and all of the other parents out there who are trying to balance being a parent with all of the jobs, volunteer work, and other non-parenting related activities in which we participate.

Whether you go to an office, school, store, factory, or any other type of business to do your job, or even if you work in the privacy of your own home it’s still a challenge to balance work life with parenting life. There are many things you can do to help keep the balance, but remember, it won’t always be perfect and that’s OK. If you are a parent, you know there is always the possibility for chaos. I have some suggestions that may help you to keep your days running a bit smoother.

As I mentioned earlier, parenting is work. No matter how much we love it, it is still work. For many people it’s a full-time job. For some of us it’s a full-time job that we do while also doing other types of work. The most important thing you can do to keep your sanity is create a schedule and then adhere to it as much as possible. There is always a chance that life will throw you some spontaneous curve ball, but if you’ve managed your time well, you’ll be able to handle an unexpected change better than if you don’t have any plan at all. When you build your schedule, include time for your children, your spouse, your friends, and yourself. Even if you can only grab 15 minutes a day of quiet time for yourself, schedule it in. It’s more likely to happen if it’s planned. If you can make a family schedule that includes social time, chores, fun-time, and that ever-important mommy-and-daddy time, everyone will benefit from it. Children and spouses can check the schedule to find out if and when you will be available and they can let you know if a scheduling adjustment is needed.